WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS BY THE GOVERNMENT PROVIDE CONDOMS FOR OUR SCHOOL CHILDREN!

condomsAtheists In Kenya (AIK) would like to state categorically that we fully support the efforts by the Kenya Government to providing condoms to adolescents in our schools. We are asking communities in Kenya, our educators, parents and doctors to step up in making this form of contraception more available to teens.

We are opposed to the Catholic position that abstinence is the only way of preventing sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV Aids. This position is indeed repugnant to reason.

Although abstinence of sexual activity is the most effective method for prevention of pregnancy and STIs (sexually transmitted infections), young people should be prepared for the time when they will become sexually active. When used consistently and correctly, male latex condoms reduce the risk of pregnancy and many STIs, including HIV.

Further to these positive efforts, we encourage Kenyan parents to be talking to their teens about sex, we would like colleagues at work places to provide condoms in their offices and support increasing access of condoms to the community and we also recommend providing condoms in schools, in addition to comprehensive sexual education.

Research has shown that that providing condoms to teens, especially in high schools, encourages them to use condoms more often and more consistently without encouraging them to have sex more often, or with more partners.

President, AIK

Our first meeting this year!

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Author – Kennedy Karuga, Chief Editor, AIK

We had our first meeting on Saturday, 31 January, 2015, at the Apple Green Restaurant on Koingange Street. Being the first meeting of the year, it was an important episode as far as the society’s activities for the remainder of the year go. Foremost on the agenda was the society’s ongoing registration which the Interim President, Harrison Mumia, affirmed will be complete in about a fortnight. The registration of Atheists in Kenya as a society carries significant
benefits, many of which were discussed at length during the meeting.

Over and above giving AIK greater authority to voice its opinion on contemporary issues, registration also opens the doors to greater pecuniary assistance from both domestic and foreign sources. As every member is certainly aware, funding has been the group’s most serious challenge over the last three years. A dearth of funds has made it implausible to attempt to carry out any major projects. AIK’s
registration, when wrapped up, will alleviate this problem and enable us- for the first time- to carry out projects of greater moment. Given the enormity of the task that lies before us, the importance of being able to take on major projects cannot be overstated.

The meeting also afforded an opportunity for the members to collectively hash out the society’s constitution. The constitution is indispensable to the society as it creates a sturdy framework for rational organization, decision-making, leadership, and management of the treasury. The constitution is available on-demand on the society’s website.

Harrison Mumia’s presentation on the historicity of Jesus was the final item on the timeline. Mumia explored the historical context of the period of Jesus’ supposed existence, comparing the biblical accounts of this period with accounts drawn from non-biblical sources. It was an eye-opening presentation that would give way to an interesting and heated Q&A session.

The meeting wrapped up with a prolonged ice-breaking and photo session. The turn-out at Saturday’s meeting was impressive, as was the general tone of the debate and discussions. I came away feeling that 2015 will be a year of tremendous achievement for AIK.

Our next meeting fall on the 28th of February, 2015.

WE CONDEMN THE REMARKS BY PASTOR KATHY KIUNA

kathy-kiunaIt has come to the attention of Atheists In Kenya (AIK) that Pastor Kathy Kiuna of the Jubilee Christian Church has been making careless and very unfortunate remarks that in our view deserve the harshest condemnation.

Pastor Kathy Kiuna has been quoted as calling Eastlands Residents lazy and poor. We have information that she has advised ladies from the Eastlands area to rent servant quarters in Runda so as to find rich men and marry them. She has also been warning poor people against attending her church on Sunday during her sermon. Social Media reports quote her as saying “This is not a place for poor people. If you can’t tithe, find another church, we don’t entertain poverty.”

We want to remind Pastor Kiuna that as far as Atheists In Kenya are concerned, JCC is one of the many churches misleading many ignorant Kenyan men and ladies by purporting to advise them on matters of marriage and wealth. The people of Eastlands are not lazy and poor, as Pastor Kiuna purports. Many of them are in gainful employment. This is indeed an insult on Kenyans, majority of whom live below the poverty line.

No church is an authority when it comes to matters of marriage, and we are asking Kenyans to desist from taking the likes of Pastor Kathy Kiuna and JCC seriously. Marriage is not about money, it is about sharing, understanding and mutual respect.

We are therefore calling upon Pastor Kathy Kiuna to apologize to the women of Eastlands and poor Kenyans for these careless and unfortunate remarks.

Logic and reason protect us from miracle healers!

Kennedy KarugaAuthor – Kennedy Karuga – The article was published in the Star Online on the 14th, January, 2015

As we move deeper into 2015 and 2014 recedes into the past, it helps to review the lessons of the past year. With respect to religion, 2014 was a year that will forever stand out as one marked by intrigue and unexampled revelations of fraud and deception. Yet notwithstanding, the religious contours of Kenya remain virtually unchanged in 2015. Evangelical preachers still draw colossal crowds and our thirst for miracles is as strong as at any time in the past.

Perhaps the most important event in this regard was the revelation of the intrigue perpetrated by Evangelical pastor Victor Kanyari. The excellent investigation by the Jicho Pevu team brought to light the ‘unbelievable’ shell games and barefaced duplicity behind the pastor’s pious charade. Aside from exposing Kanyari’s liberties, the documentary brought the entire evangelism business under the microscope, even prompting the government to consider taking action – not just against Kanyari – but against other ‘false prophets’ as well. Not surprisingly, nobody gave us any criteria to separate the false prophets from the real ones, or – as importantly – to separate real miracles from staged ones.

There are those of us who were surprised that Kenyans were surprised by these revelations. Those of us who knew all along that there was more than met the eye. Keen newspaper readers will remember that Atheists In Kenya challenged Prophet David Owuor to show up at the Kenyatta National Hospital on July 19 last year to verify his miracles.

Quite in line with our expectations, the prophet neither turned up nor gave an explanation for not doing so. We were of course in the minority, his followers and many other Kenyans could not have cared less about the veracity of his miracles. In April, the streets of Eldoret were scrubbed clean in anticipation of the prophet’s triumphant entry into the town. The event was patently choreographed to mimic Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, although the prophet elected to enter Eldoret confined within his Sh20 million Range Rover as opposed to riding his way in on donkeyback.

Owuor came into focus again on the first day of 2015, but this time under less spectacular circumstances. It was reported across the press that at least five people had died at his New Year’s rally in Nakuru. It was further revealed that among the dead were critically sick people who had checked themselves out of hospital against the advice of their doctors. If anyone believed that Kenyans had learned something from the Kanyari scandal, Nakuru proved them wrong. Furthermore, you can be sure that the events of January 1 will do no more harm to Owuor’s reputation than the revelations of Kanyari’s duplicity did to his standing.

The obstinate refusal by most Kenyans to acknowledge the waywardness of crooked evangelists is symptomatic of a greater underlying problem: the willingness to believe things without evidence. The average Kenyan is quite content to believe anything that sounds good, without reference to its factual merit. From quack herbalists to astrologers, from sorcerers to love gurus, Kenyans will not hesitate to patronise anybody who promises to grant their desires. This volitional gullibility is what we must focus on, not protecting adults from the consequences of their own actions.

As long as people are willing to believe things without demanding to see the evidence, no amount of legislation will protect them from the likes of Kanyari. As long as Kenyans retain the preference for hearing what sounds good as opposed to what is actually true, no law or policeman will be effective in taming the Charlatans. The only protection against fraudsters available to Kenyans is the application of logic and reason. This cannot be induced by an Act of Parliament.